Here’s to the young people

Here’s to the young people

Here’s to the young people
November 06
19:55 2017

“Why aren’t millennials buying diamonds?” a notoriously tone-deaf tweet by The Economist pondered. “Millennials are killing the movie business,” read the headline to one New York Post article. All too often the media accuses those born between 1982 and 2004 of bringing about the death of certain industries, societal customs and outdated products. But if for a moment, you could set aside these accusatory notions of the fall of society as we know it, you might see that young people in the U.S. are doing a lot of great things.

More than ever before, young people are speaking up about real issues in our society. They are getting more involved in social issues and politics: voicing their concerns, demanding change, and holding institutions and people accountable for their actions. On Oct. 19, white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at Florida State University and was met with protests, booing and chants like “Go home, Spencer.” Millennials routinely show out like this for protests against hateful views like white supremacy.

We’re nothing if not persistent. When the only options are complacency or fighting like hell, for young people, the choice is clear. Millennials have made it their mission to fight for those that are not being heard and to use their voices for things that matter.

Hopefully our efforts of preserving democracy make up for the fact that we killed fabric softener.

The inspiring, progressive hallmarks of the generation are often ignored for more vindictive coverage of how vain and selfish we are. Forgive us for taking a break between calling our senators and denouncing sexual assault to post a selfie on Snapchat.

Older generations have different points of view, priorities and values, a fact that no doubt contributes to the rift between us. What matters to one person might not matter to the next. If we have to take the blame for killing TV, so be it. To keep it short, we have bigger fish to fry.

To the millennials: let inconsequential complaints roll off your back and focus on things that are important to you. Keep improving and fighting for them, maintaining or creating them, whatever you have to do. There will never be a downside to becoming more informed and more passionate. Just keep swimming.

We may have succeeded in defeating the evil that is Applebee’s, but we have plenty more work to do.

Featured illustration by Max Raign

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